Explanations: No. 14788 – Thursday, 24 May 2012
I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!
1 Isolated after roaming about on ruin (10)
“Isolated” after roaming about (DESOLATI) on (ON) = DESOLATION: ruin.
6 About to be quiet and tender (4)
About, circa (CA) to “be quiet” (SH) and = CASH: (legal) tender.
10 Cut right into space in rock (5)
Into “space in rock” (CA-VE) right (R) = CARVE: cut.
11 Counsel someone seeking satisfaction from one like the jackal (9)
Counsel (SC) someone seeking satisfaction (AVENGER) from = SCAVENGER: one like the jackal.
12 Sending little message from nest and to web? (8)
Sending little message from nest? (TWEETING) and sending little message to Web (TWEETING).
13 Quietly encourage ouster (5)
Quietly (P) encourage (URGE) = PURGE: ouster.
15 He hates getting ring in soapsuds (7)
In “soapsuds” (L-ATHER) ring (O) getting = LOATHER: he hates.
17 Skirt feature leading to that woman’s sexy walk (7)
Skirt feature (SLIT) leading to “that woman’s” (HER) = SLITHER: sexy walk.
19 Attending to brewed lager that’s free (2,5)
Attending (AT) to “brewed ‘lager’” (LARGE) that’s = AT LARGE: free.
21 Without coat she’d captivated listener (7)
She’d (SH-ED) captivated “listener” (EAR) = SHEARED: without coat.
22 Take a stroll this morning to get brother’s first article in Paris (5)
This morning (AM) to get “b-rother’s” first (B) “article” in Paris (LE) = AMBLE: take a stroll.
24 Smelling and sounding like automated crossbow? (8)
Like automated crossbow? (ARROW-MATIC) sounding like, and = AROMATIC: smelling.
27 Be heard in attempts by staff to get one in community (9)
Be heard, ‘B’, in attempts, ‘tries’ [TRI(B)ES] by “staff” (MAN) to get = TRIBESMAN: one in community.
28 Summer refuge for woman around time of Our Lord (5)
Woman (SH-E) around “time of Our Lord” (AD) for = SHADE: summer refuge.
29 What’s between a couple of oxen is yellow in white sounds like (4)
Yellow in (egg) white (YOLK) sounds like = YOKE: what’s between a couple of oxen.
30 A cord hospital dept provides for constricting material used by doctors (10)
A cord (A STRING) hospital dept (ENT) provides for = ASTRINGENT: constricting material used by doctors.
1 Get into slip cut short (4)
Get into slip (DOCK) cut short (DOCK).
2 Weirdo head of school at rowing team dance (9)
Head of “s-chool” (S) at “rowing team” (CREW) dance (BALL) = SCREWBALL: weirdo.
3 Lord from somewhere in Belgium (5)
Lord (LIEGE) from “somewhere in Belgium” (LIEGE).
4 More on edge seeing one in ‘The Examiner’ (7)
In “the examiner” (TEST-ER) one (I) seeing = TESTIER: more on edge.
5 No kitchen devices for fruit (7)
No kitchen devices (O RANGES) for = ORANGES: fruit.
7 Risk not having first deadly sin (5)
Risk (D-ANGER) not having first (-D, not having first letter) = ANGER: deadly sin.
8 Heard store made shrewd bargain (5,5)
“Heard store” made = HORSE TRADE: shrewd bargain.
9 Support option when I was younger, so much younger than today? (8)
“When I was younger, so much younger than today” (“HELP!” LINE, the Beatles song) = HELPLINE: support option.
14 Something humorous from meadow’s in kitchen cupboard (10)
In “kitchen cupboard” (P-ANTRY) meadow’s (LEA’S) from = PLEASANTRY: something humorous.
16 Sermon he broadcast about Biblical quartet (8)
“Sermon he” broadcast about = HORSEMEN: Biblical quartet (the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse).
18 Put one million in legacy for retreat (9)
In “legacy” (HER-ITAGE) put “one million” (M) for = HERMITAGE: retreat.
20 Ages before letters from Greece come from Reformation theologian (7)
Ages (ERAS) before “letters from Greece” (MUS) come from = ERASMUS: Reformation theologian.
21 One pooh-poohing second at his spot in ring (7)
Second (S) at this spot, second’s spot, in (boxing) ring (CORNER) = SCORNER: one pooh-poohing.
23 Perhaps lose one’s nerve seeing barrister with writing material (5)
Barrister (BL) with “writing material” (INK) seeing = BLINK: perhaps lose one’s nerve.
25 Quietly drops off clergyman to see match play? (5)
Clergyman (P-ARSON) “quietly” drops off (-P, – quietly) to see = ARSON: match play?
26 Maybe settle for article in stage scenery (4)
In “stage scenery” (SE-T) article (A) for = SEAT: maybe settle (the bench).